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My Limbs Are Paralyzed, But I Can Play Chess… Neuralink Reveals First 'Semiconductor Brain Transplant' Patient

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Neuralink, Elon Musk's neuroscience startup, has unveiled the first patient to receive a computer chip implanted in the brain.

I enjoyed playing online chess with just my mind, without using my hands or feet.

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However, safety controversies still remain.

This is reporter Hwang Jung-hyun.

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A man in a wheelchair plays online chess with a laptop.

Although neither mouse nor keyboard is used, the game seems to be adequate.

This is a patient who received a computer chip implanted in his brain developed by Neuralink, the brain neuroscience startup founded by Elon Musk.

<Նոլանդ Աբո / Չիպային իմպլանտով հիվանդ> “I've used mouse sticks and stuff, but now I'm working it out with my brain.”

This chip is designed to allow people with physical disabilities to control various devices using their thoughts.

Instead of using tools, the human brain communicates directly with the computer.

Abo also had limited physical activity due to a diving accident about eight years ago, but after receiving a chip implant in January, he was able to freely move a cursor and play chess.

“It's like using the Force (from Star Wars) for a cursor. It's a really amazing experience to have it move where you want just by looking somewhere on the screen.”

Abo emphasized about this seemingly complicated operation. “The surgery was very easy,” and “I was discharged from the hospital in one day, and there was no cognitive impairment at all.”

Neuralink received approval for clinical trials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last May.

However, as various problems, including poor management, have been pointed out in previous animal trials, controversy over the safety of chip implantation continues.

This is Hwang Jung-hyun from Yonhap News. (sweet@yna.co.kr)

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